This psalm came out of David’s anguish over his sin. Commentary, Psalm 138:1-8, Nancy deClaissÃ©-Walford , Preaching This Week, WorkingPreacher.org, 2014. The LORD hath respect unto the lowly. Ver. Speedy answers should have special praise: "In the when I cried, thou", etc. The soul's noblest exercise: "worship", "praise.". Our heavenly Father is able to interpret tears, and cries, and he replies to their inner sense in such a way as fully meets the case. I will praise you, LORD, with all my heart; before the “gods” I will sing your praise. â€”Joseph Caryl. Thou shalt strike them with thy left hand, and save me with thy right; so Tremellius senses it. Moreover, the Lord lays all the rest of his name under tribute to his word: his wisdom, power, love, and all his other attributes combine to carry out his word. The Psalmist's dismal excursion: walking "in the midst of trouble"; this is not a spectator, but one assailed. 231 and 1506: "Faith in Perfection", and, "Choice Comfort for a Young Believer.". His everlasting mercy. 7. Up, dear soul! The LORD is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy. The verb is by some translated made me proud, i.e., elated me, not with a vain or selfish pride, but with a lofty and exhilarating hope. Ver. The answer: prompt, divine, effectual, certain. Study Psalm 136 using Charles H. Spurgeon’s Treasury of David to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Ver. This psalm of thanksgiving — one of those songs that was composed after its author had come through a rather tight scrape — offers praise to the Lord in response to an experience of deliverance. That … d) Realizing God himself, for it is to God he speaks. 1. I will worship toward thy holy temple. Before the gods will I sing praise unto thee. As man laid on trouble, so Christ laid in consolation: both tides rose and fell together; when it was spring tide with him in affliction, it was so with him in his joy. When we can praise God with our whole heart, we need not be unwilling for the whole world to witness our gratitude and joy in him... View the entire commentary. For a similar expression, see Psalms 23:5, see also Psalms 95:8; Psalms 96:5, for places in which the Hebrew word "gods" is used probably for idols. Ver. When they are miles away he knows all about them. Thou shalt interpose thine help betwixt me and them, and save me harmless; as the poets feign their gods did those whom they favoured. 1. They shall sing to the Lord of the way. By punishing them in hell. Commentary. But when God builds none can say, "He was not able to finish." Every man has a standard to which he may refer, for the rectifying of his judgment in every particular: so that nothing can be added for the instruction of our minds, or the regulation of our future expectations. Our foes fall when the Lord comes to deal with them; he makes short work of the enemies of his people, â€”with one hand he routs them. 1615: "Singing in the Ways of the Lord.". “No,” says David, “I will worship thee, and I will praise thee, whoever may oppose me.”. 8. It may not be best for us that the trial should come to an end; it may be far more to our advantage that by its pressure we should learn patience. 2. 3. In the day when I cried thou answerest me. Ver. They are low in their own esteem, and he makes them high in his esteem. I will worship toward thy holy temple. 1. So that men need not fear that any of them shall at any time, or in any case whatsoever, move in the least contrariety thereunto. 3. In the midst of trouble thou wilt revive me. He hath respect unto the lowly. He but speaks the confidence which should strengthen every heart that rests on God. He has no fellowship with them, but views them from a distance; he is not deceived, but knows the truth about them, despite their blustering; he has no respect unto them, but utterly abhors them. “But greatness, majesty, splendour, are not the Divinest parts of the Divine nature, as this singer had learned. What volumes of blessedness and truth are contained therein! Before the gods, etc. Oh, that it were come! His creating hands formed our souls at the beginning; his nail pierced hands redeemed them on Calvary; his glorified hands will hold our souls fast and not let them go for ever. 2. God's wisdom is never at a loss; but when providences are darkest, then the morning star of deliverance appears. Used by Permission. Spurgeon's wife said that if Spurgeon had never written any other work, this would have been a permanent literary memorial. Ver. Adversaries may be many, and malicious, and mighty; but our glorious Defender has only to stretch out his arm and their armies vanish. The first step is all the difficulty, and if you and I have been changed from enemies into sons, and had one spark of love to God kindled in our hearts, that is a mightier change than any that yet remains to be effected in order to make us perfect. David himself rehearses the words of Jehovah. For he, on whom the promise has been conferred, himself stands forth as the speaker. Were our hearts as they ought to be when we read the Word, we would tremble at that more than at any manifestation of God since the world began in all his works; and if so be thou dost not see more of the glory of God in his Word than in his works, it is because thou hast little light in thee. They have comfort in them: "Though I walk", etc., "thou wilt revive me.". Perhaps when the Lord sends us a King David to preach, we shall yet see monarchs converted and hear their voices raised in devout adoration. We read of great machines, which are able to crush iron bars, and yet they can touch so gently as not to break the shell of the smallest egg; as it is with them, so is it with the hand of the Most High; he can crush a world, and yet bind up a wound. We have collected a vast mass of literature upon it, but space will not allow us to put it all into our notes. Well may the servant do his work cheerfully when his master is so careful of him as with his own hands to bring him his breakfast into the fields. Ver. And Luther's usual prayer was, Confirm, O God, in us that thou hast wrought, and perfect the work that thou hast begun in us, to thy glory. 3. 1. He has so magnified his faithfulness, that his love, his mercy, his grace, would all sooner fail than his faithfulnessâ€”the word of his mouth and what he has revealed in the Scripture. Ver. The sick man may draw whole stores of comfort from the same source, for he can believe the ONE by whom the body was fearfully and wonderfully made will think over the sufferings of that body, and alleviate them, or give strength for the endurance of them if they must be borne. b) Of their way to God. 6. To the Chief Musician. Ver. 1. c) It would declare his joyful zeal for God. Material temple not yet built. 3. Because Christ "The Word" is the embodiment and most glorious manifestation of God. "C.H. These things, if learned at all, must be learned from revelation, and these are of more importance to man as a traveller to another world than all the learning which can be acquired in the schools of philosophyâ€”valuable as that learning is. Hebrews 8:2 All worship through him. ... See "Spurgeon's Sermons", No. Though a walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive. d) They are in a case for singing. He will be saved, â€”saved dexterously, decidedly, divinely; he has no doubt about it. The refrain of the former Psalm is in his ears, and he repeats it as his own personal conviction and consolation. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tod/psalms-138.html. 8. David strengthens prayer upon this argument: "Forsake not the works of thine own hands." 4. “To be sorry for sin is no atonement for it, but it is the right spirit in which to [turn] to Jesus, who is the reconciliation and the Saviour.” (Spurgeon… c) They sing as they proceed in service, in worship, in holiness, in suffering. This was a true answer to his prayer. Then, set the Lord Jesus Christ before your eyes, that you may worship God and draw near to the footstool of mercy through him, that you may offer an acceptable sacrifice, and praise his name for his lovingkindness and for his truth. ", Ver. There is in Divine truth, when applied by the Holy Spirit, a power to wound, to sanctify, to save: Psalms 19:7-11. 8. â€”Ebenezer Erskine. Ver. For thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name. In a sense sufficiently striking this promise was fulfilled to David, and to the nation of Israel, as surrounding monarchs beheld the wonderful dispensations of divine providence which attended their steps (2Sa 5:11 8:10); but in its completest sense, it shall realize its accomplishment in the future conquests of Messiah, when the princes and potentates of the earth receive his word, learn by divine grace to celebrate the glorious methods of his love, and see in the light of faith the greatness of Jehovah's glory as the God of salvation. Those Psalms were the united utterances of national devotion. Psalm 13 – Enlighten My Eyes. Hebrews 1:2-3. David was a king, and he danced before the ark, and he anticipated the time when other kings should not be ashamed of exuberant rejoicing in the King of kings. He comes to be protected their hearts would be subdued to joyful reverence a sunbeam ” kings in God work. End of the nations will praise thee, O Lord, in its.... 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